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Is WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING Kid Friendly? Parents Guide

Wondering if Where the Crawdads Sing movie is ok for kids? This film is based off the novel by Delia Owens and seems to be geared towards the teen crowd. While there are plenty of adult topics like murder, sex, sexual assault, and prejudice, the film has been toned down a bit compared to where it could have gone. Here’s what parents need to know in this Where the Crawdads Sing Parents Guide.

Where the Crawdads Sing Age Rating

Where the Crawdads Sing Movie Parents Guide

From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Why is Where the Crawdads Sing Rated PG-13?

Where the Crawdads Sing is Rated PG-13 for Sexual Assault, Violence, and Sexual Content which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 13. 

Is Where the Crawdads Sing Kid Friendly?

Where the Crawdads Sing is a mature movie for kids. You can expect to see some sex scenes, partial nudity (side boob), a sexual assault, violent scenes, and profanity used by some of the characters. Where the Crawdads Sing is not kid-friendly for all kids, but if teens have the read the book, then they’re aware of some of the content portrayed on-screen. 


There is some profanity in Where the Crawdads Sing including damn, sh*t, and g-ddamm. There are also crass words and phrases like white trash, bastard, and whoring. 

Mature Content

There is some sexual content including kissing and sex scenes. There is partial nudity where you see a man’s bare chest and a woman’s bare back and a glance of side cleavage. 

Underage teenagers and other characters drink alcohol.

A character stalks another and commits sexual assault which may be a trigger for some kids and even adults.

A character hits another and is abusive.

A dead body is shown on screen. Violence includes slapping, hitting, and punching.

Where the Crawdads Sing ok for kids

Is Where the Crawdads Sing Appropriate for Kids Under 13?

Some tweens and teens may want to watch Where the Crawdads Sing if they’ve read the book and/or because there’s a Taylor Swift song in the film. For the mature topics in the book, the movie could have been a lot more steamy and dark, so the target audience tends to skew towards teens, which is a good thing for those wanting to watch. Just be careful as some of the content may be too harsh for younger ones.

There are good conversations to come from this film adaptation including the portrayal of some minority characters and of the main character herself.

Where the Crawdads Sing can somewhat drag but it’s a good book adaptation for those who want some romance in their mystery and courtroom trial.

Where the Crawdads Sing Parents Guide

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